The Delta Delta Chapter has a long history of undergraduate brothers distinguishing themselves in the Fraternity, on campus and in the community. We would like to highlight the accomplishments of one of these brothers.
Wes Middleton, Class of 2020
June 2020 The Fraternity named the following finalists for the 2020 International Balfour Award (IBA): Wesley Middleton, PURDUE 2020; Samuel Romes, LOUISVILLE 2020; and Joseph Shaver, GEORGIA TECH 2020. The honor is presented annually to the brother who is believed to be the Fraternity’s most outstanding senior, based upon his success in academics and campus, community and Sigma Chi involvement. The finalists will be interviewed by a selection committee during the virtual Grand Council session in early fall, and the winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event.
Leading up to this recognition Wes Middleton ’20 was announced at State Day as the Northern Indiana Province Balfour Award recipient.
Wes reflected, “It is an absolute honor to be this year’s recipient of the Province Balfour Award. I am thankful to my Delta Delta brothers who nominated me for the award, and who have supported and encouraged me to accomplish my goals the past four years. It is truly humbling thinking of the accomplishments of the men who received this award before me, and I can’t thank Sigma Chi enough for the amazing opportunities it has given me.”
A Busy Four Years
Wes has served Delta Delta as Consul, Quaestor, House Manager, Derby Days Chair and Alumni Relations chair.
Wes, who will graduate in May, is majoring in Accounting, Finance & Management and has maintained a 3.97 GPA. Wes has taken part in internships at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wells Fargo Securities and LLR Partners, a private equity firm located in Philadelphia, where he will start fulltime this Fall.
Over his tenure at Purdue Wes has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and recognition. He has been active in the School of Management Employers Forum, Society of Minority Managers, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, and the Management Leadership for Tomorrow program.
Wes was selected to Mortar Board as one of the top 40 seniors at Purdue on the criteria of scholarship, leadership, service, and working to promote community engagement and leadership events across campus.
A Personal Statement
As part of the nomination process for the Balfour Award, each nominee is asked to compose a personal statement on what they consider to be their greatest accomplishment in college. Wes’s statement follows:
“Reflecting on my journey as a Boilermaker and a Sigma Chi, I am unbelievably grateful for the opportunities I have been presented with over the past four years. I have had the greatest network and support system that has pushed me to succeed in school and accomplish career aspirations I didn’t even know were possible as a freshman. I am incredibly thankful for my Brothers who lifted me whenever I was down and celebrated my success even more than I did. While there are many great achievements to look back on, I think my greatest accomplishment is the person that I have become by being a Brother in the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
I have been fortunate to meet my closest friends and mentors, been presented with opportunities to grow and develop as a leader, and shared memories and experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life. As I prepare to graduate, I feel that my time in the House has made me a more complete person, and I will be able to carry the Sigma Chi values with me as I embark on the next chapter in my life. I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish during my time here at Purdue, and I cannot thank my brothers enough for trusting me, supporting me, and pushing me to be the best version of myself. “